OXAB, Bulgaria

Project Partner: Oxford Aid to the Balkans (OXAB)

The project in Bulgaria is in conjunction with the charity Oxford Aid to the Balkans, which is a registered charity both in the UK and in Bulgaria. Volunteers from the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University volunteer in family centres, including those for for disabled children, across Bulgaria as care and activity assistants. This project is one of InterVol’s longest standing projects and has been running successfully since 2004.

As this project works in a range of different children’s centres the age and abilities of the children vary. While with some placements, especially the street kidsâ centres, you might be organising sports and other outdoor activities, or, for example art or drama, in others the children will be less able and less active, and so your work would be restricted to more basic interactions, and to supporting the staff with work around the centre. The project works during the summer holidays in Bulgaria where the centres are under more strain and need support.

A key element of this project is that funds raised support OXAB Bulgaria’s innovative student mentoring project to ensure long-term impact for the graduates of the centres that we volunteer in to break the cycle of poverty. InterVol supports the ongoing process of deinstitionalisation in Bulgaria through supporting smaller family and children’s centres that are more and more replacing large orphanages in the country.

Skills required: Experience of supporting and running activities for children.

Length: 2-4 weeks

NGO: OXAB (Oxford Aid to the Balkans): http://oxab.yolasite.com/

Number of volunteers: Groups of 4 volunteers.

To see the Bulgaria project handbook (PDF), please click here.